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Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday’s this and that


Some late-night notes from around the big leagues Thursday:

The Padres are 24th in the majors in home runs, but they do have one unique dinger skill.

Inside-the-park home runs.

Chris Denorfia, the pride of Bristol, Ct., hit a ground ball down the left-field line in the ninth inning of the 5-0 win over the Dodgers. Scott Podsednik couldn't stop the ball near the tarp and Denorfia circled the bases.

It was the Padres' third inside-the-parker of the season, which leads the big leagues. Tony Gwynn owns the other two.


Tim Lincecum allowed his 11th and 12th home runs of the season Thursday night against the Braves, as Alex Gonzalez and Eric Hinske each took him deep. Lincecum surrendered only 10 HR all of last season. The Freak has pitched 151 2/3 innings this season after logging 225 1/3 frames in 2009.


James McDonald, who was traded to the Pirates by the Dodgers last week, won his debut with Pittsburgh on Thursday. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us he is the first starting pitcher to allow no runs and strike out at least eight batters in his first game for the Pirates since 1907, when Nick Maddox threw a shutout with 11 strikeouts in his major-league debut.

The eight strikeouts are a career-high for McDonald.